UCSF School of Dentistry

School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco CA 94143

Since our founding in 1881, the UCSF School of Dentistry has striven to educate the leading practitioners, scholars and faculty members of the next generation. As a leading institution of oral and craniofacial health, our educational programs have grown to include, in addition to our DDS and dental hygiene programs, an array of MS and PhD, post-graduate and residency programs. Our students and faculty handle over 120,000 patient visits a year in our comprehensive Dental Center, and many of our students staff 14 community-based externship sites. The School is also one of the top oral and craniofacial research enterprises in the world, ranked the top dental school in the country in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for 25 years and home to several leading translational research programs.

Mission Patient Care - Education - Service - Research

Vision Advancing health for all

Values The School of Dentistry ascribes to UCSF's PRIDE values(pdf): Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.

Professionalism: To be competent, accountable, reliable and responsible, interacting positively and collaboratively with all colleagues, students, patients, visitors and business partners.

Respect: To treat all others as you wish to be treated, being courteous and kind, acting with utmost consideration of others.

 Integrity: To be honest, trustworthy and ethical, always doing the right thing, without compromising the truth, and being fair and sincere.

Diversity: To appreciate and celebrate differences in others, creating an environment of equity and inclusion with opportunities for everyone to reach their potential.

Excellence: To be dedicated, motivated, innovative and confident, giving your best every day, encouraging and supporting others to excel in everything they do.

The University of California describes diversity thusly:

“Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.” (ref: Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement)

Diversity at UCSF School of Dentistry has long been a matter of policy, and the focus of intense, concerted efforts to better understand how diversity benefits all of us. Our efforts align with the three targets of our mission: patient care, education and discovery. Some examples:

Patient care: At the school and campuswide levels, we strive to provide culturally competent and sensitive care. Many of our dental outreach activities target traditionally underserved patients, through initiatives such as the Community Dental Clinic and San Francisco's Mabuhay Health Center. Education: The makeup of our dental student body reflects the diversity of San Francisco and the state at large. Efforts to further diversify our student body include the Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program, which particularly targets students from disadvantaged backgrounds, underserved communities and/or from groups traditionally underrepresented in the dental profession. Training opportunities also are open to staff: Examples include the Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program, the quarterly diversity and inclusion training sessions, and a host of on-demand opportunities. Discovery: At the campus level, the 11th annual Health Disparities Research Symposium highlights faculty and trainee research on health disparities.

The UCSF School of Dentistry is the dental school of the University of California, San Francisco, in San Francisco, California, in the United States. It was founded in 1881, and claims to be the oldest dental school in California and the western United States. It is accredited by the American Dental Association. In 2016, it had received the highest NIH funding of any US dental school for 25 consecutive years. It is one of the top dental schools in the world, being ranked #5 by QS World University Rankings and 7 by Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Dental College was founded in 1881, the first dentistry school west of the Mississippi. Together with the Colleges of Medicine (founded in 1864) and that of Pharmacy (founded in 1872 as the California College of Pharmacy), it made up the Affiliated Colleges of The Medical Department of the University of California (later the University of California, San Francisco). In 1892 it moved to downtown San Francisco, in Donohoe Building on the corner of Market and Taylor, and in 1900 it moved to the campus on Mount Sutro, nowadays the UCSF Parnassus campus. The new site on Mount Sutro, on Parnassus Avenue, consisted of three Romanesque stone buildings, and the Dentistry and Pharmacy shared the East building. The new Dental building, also on Parnassus Avenue, was inaugurated in 1980. The internal organization of the institution was changed in 2005, creating the departments of Orofacial Sciences, Cell and Tissue Biology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences.

The School offers Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), PhD and MS degrees in oral and craniofacial sciences, and combined DDS-PhD and PhD-dental specialty training programs.


Map of UCSF School of Dentistry School of Dentistry, 513 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco CA 94143

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